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Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT

Nutritionally Speaking was founded in 2009 by Michaela Ballmann while she was a Master’s student at Loma Linda University, California. She started the podcast in order to answer common questions and dispel myths regarding nutrition, whether about the latest craze in trendy diets and supplements or just about what to eat. She noticed that too many people get all or the majority of their nutrition information from television, the internet, testimonials, or friends and family who are passing on what they have heard or read. Her podcast has been broadcasting the truth about nutrition, covering topics such as green tea, high fructose corn syrup, and omega-3 fatty acids.



Incorporating mindfulness and compassion, she discusses topics such as intuitive eating, body image, and disordered eating. In addition, she calls into question conventional viewpoints on weight and body size and their relation to health.

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Oct 31, 2017 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, so our special guest is my friend and colleague Sharon Palmer RD! Sharon is the Plant-Powered Dietitian and on this episode she tackles meat alternatives, common myths and misconceptions, the What The Health documentary, and what research and science say about the plant-based diet. Tune in for this plant-powered bonanza! * Adventist Health Studies * Why I am Plant-Based – Part 1 * Why I am Plant-Based – Part 2 * Environmental Working Group * The...
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Jun 27, 2017 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Weight and eating are not moral issues. It’s time to get rid of shame, blame, and diets! Karen R. Koenig, eating disorder therapist and expert on the psychology of eating, is here to help us do just that. She speaks about normal vs. nutritious eating, weight stigma, self-care, the role of health care providers, and how to outsmart overeating. Karen R. Koenig, M.Ed., LCSW Karen R. Koenig, M.Ed., LCSW, is a psychotherapist, blogger, educator, and expert on the psychology of eating—the why and...
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Apr 30, 2017 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Not all kombucha is created equal. Some is ho-hum, but Clearly Kombucha is the Booch of the Future for a reason! It’s delicious, functional, and (most importantly) fun! I interview Mya Nguyen from Clearly Kombucha and C Botanicals to learn more about what makes this brand and their products special, and why you should give them a try! Clearly Kombucha Crafted in the San Francisco Bay Area, Clearly Kombucha® is dedicated to creating the most palatable and fun (not to mention authentic)...
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Mar 22, 2017 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Ahhhh, another exhilarating and energizing Natural Products Expo West! I’m so excited to share my favorite finds from this year’s show. Here’s a shout out to my winners! New Pop * The World’s First Skinless Popcorn * No butter, salt, oil, preservatives, fat * Only 32 Calories per cup, Less than 200 Calories per bag Pili Nuts * Sprouted hand-harvested nuts from the Philippines * Only 4 ingredients, no additives, no bs * Highest magnesium of any nut Truth In Snacks * Freeze dried...
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Dec 16, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Mindful eating is much more than slowing down and turning off the tv. It can actually rewire your brain. Megrette Fletcher, dietitian and founder of The Center for Mindful Eating, talks about the power of presence, how to deal with cravings, and the role of gratitude. Here are links to what we mentioned on this episode: The Principles of Mindful Eating  Good Practice Guidelines  Archive of Handouts – Turning a Crave into a Wave By Ronald Thebarge PhD Page 7 Self-compassion meditations The...
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Nov 15, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Infertility affects 7.5 million women in the US. Couples are spending thousands of dollars on doctors visits, medications and IVF in their desire to start a family. What if you could break the painful cycle of infertility with nutrition and lifestyle interventions? You can! Functional dietitian and fertility expert Ayla Withee is on the show to tell us how. Here are links to what we mentioned on this episode: Skin Deep The Organically Clean Home Maple Hill Creamery and Podcast Interview with...
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Oct 18, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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You need to eat every 2-3 hours! Multiple small meals are best. Skipping breakfast is bad for your metabolism. If you miss a meal, your body will go into STARVATION mode! If you’ve heard this or believed this, it’s time for some myth busting! Yuri Elkaim is here to talk about metabolism myths that halt your weight loss and the truth about how to eat and exercise for a healthy metabolism. Here is the link to my interview with Jonathan Bailor that we mentioned in today’s episode. Yuri...
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Aug 30, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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We all want to raise healthy kids – that’s why I have family nutrition expert Maryann Jacobsen on the show.  She’s here to take us beyond bribing our kids to eat their vegetables, and help them become mindful eaters. If you’re struggling with what to feed your kids, how to handle snacks and dessert, and how to deal with a picky eater, this episode is for you! Maryann Jacobsen MS, RD Registered Dietitian, Writer Maryann Jacobsen is a registered dietitian, family nutrition expert and...
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Jul 27, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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It’s a good question. Does loving your body mean throwing in the towel and giving up on health and your goals? Eating disorder expert Julie Duffy Dillon tackles common fears about giving up dieting, accepting your body, and having freedom with food. Fear no more! Julie Duffy Dillon MS, RD, NCC, LDN, CEDRD Registered Dietitian, Speaker, Writer Eating Disorder Specialist Owner, Julie Dillon Consulting + BirdHouse Nutrition Therapy Julie Duffy Dillon is a food behavior expert who helps people...
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Jun 28, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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The thing that changed my life, transformed the way I look at food and exercise, and compelled me to help women stuck in a cycle of dieting is my eating disorder. On this episode I share my story of bulimia and exercise addiction, and most importantly, how I recovered and was able to move into a place of total peace and freedom with food. My journey was a beautiful mess and my desire is that it instills hope and encouragement if you’re struggling with disordered eating. Recovery and healing...
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May 17, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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If you’ve noticed that diets don’t work and that you can never muster up enough willpower to resist those cookies, this episode is for you! Traci Mann, Ph.D. gives you the hard data and science to explain why diets can actually lead to weight gain and why obesity is not a death sentence. Traci shares unbiased truth about dieting, weight and exercise and why you should never diet again! Traci Mann, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota Traci Mann grew up in Highland Park,...
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Apr 20, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Expo West this year was full of incredible finds! Here are my Top 10 Picks for their combination of nutrition and flavor. Make sure to check out Gabriella’s Kitchen skinnypasta below for a code you can use for 25% off your order! Congratulations to all my winners!     Farmhouse Culture Gut Shot * Vegetable Based Probiotic Beverage * 10 billion CFUs per bottle * Barrel fermented, organic, non-gmo   RXBAR * Whole Food Protein Bar * 12g protein, 3-4g fiber, 8-9g fat * No added sugar, dairy,...
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Apr 6, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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It is my pleasure to introduce you to Nibblee Bits! This is a brand new product that I’ve been working on for the past year with my friend, co-CrossFitter, chef and business partner Delyn. Nibblee Bits Nibblee Bits is a delicious chocolate chip cookie mix made with almond flour and TigerNut flour. It is perfect for people who follow paleo, vegan or gluten-free diets or have to avoid gluten or grains for medical reasons. TigerNut flour is not a nut! It’s an ancient tuber from Africa and...
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Mar 30, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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I had the privilege of meeting with Tim Joseph at Expo West this year. Tim is the founding farmer and CEO of Maple Hill Creamery where they have been committed to 100% Grass Fed dairy since day one in 2009. Maple Hill is all about really good yogurt – their original product and still their best seller. Organic, non-homogenized, and completely grass fed yogurt that tastes like yogurt should. No need for “natural” flavors, gums, milk protein powder, carrageenan, or other additives or...
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Feb 29, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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If you suffer from migraines, you know that they’re more than a big headache! The pain can keep you home from work and impact your ability to live life the way you want. You’ve been searching for food triggers and a solution better than just popping a pill. In this episode, we discuss the bucket effect which is why finding your triggers can be complex and we offer real solutions to your pain. Follow Jan on Twitter and learn more about the Certified LEAP Therapist training Jan Patenaude...
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Jan 28, 2016 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Should you go gluten-free? Are grains and gluten toxic? Is modern wheat genetically modified? All these questions and more are tackled by Stephen Yafa on today’s episode and in his book Grain of Truth. Meal or menace? No controversy in nutrition is bigger than wheat. First Wheat Belly came along to tell us the grain was a one-way ticket to obesity, diabetes and chronic illness. Then Grain Brain chimed in by proclaiming wheat responsible for early Alzheimer’s Disease and a host of other...
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Dec 8, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Adrenal fatigue is a huge topic. A lot of people are wondering if their symptoms – trouble losing weight or low energy and mood – are due to adrenal fatigue. Here to answer your questions and tell us all about adrenal fatigue is Dr. Corey Schuler! We’ll cover the adrenals, the HPA axis, how to test for adrenal fatigue, its causes, and dietary, supplement and lifestyle interventions. It’s all things adrenals on this episode! Dr. Corey Schuler is board-certified in clinical nutrition and...
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Nov 17, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Raw dairy is a scary topic for some as they think that raw milk means E. coli and inevitable sickness. I asked Nathan Glazebrook of Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno, CA to tell us the truth about raw dairy, the Organic Pastures farm in particular, and how a raw dairy farm differs from a conventional one. Nathan talks to us about the cows’ life and diet, what happens if they get sick, how the milk is handled, their safety protocols, and the potential benefits of raw dairy that is not...
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Oct 20, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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I used to think that no one needed supplements, but through my training in Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy and struggling with my own health challenges, I have found that temporary targeted supplementation can be incredibly beneficial. It’s best to get nutrients from food, but when therapeutic doses are needed or On this episode, I share the supplements that I am currently taking and the reasons why. In a few months, this could all change! Disclaimer:  The information I...
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Sep 30, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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There’s a lot of confusion around food sensitivities, allergies, and intolerances. They are not the same and if you have migraines, IBS, or another inflammatory disease, you could very well be suffering from a food sensitivity. In this episode, I interview my colleague and mentor Jan Patenaude RD, CLT. She was the first LEAP dietitian and has counseled over 1500 food sensitivity clients using the MRT test and LEAP diet to eradicate symptoms and restore health and quality of life. What are...
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Jun 29, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Pasta has gotten a serious makeover! What used to be a source of refined carbohydrate and little else is now high in protein and fiber and also gluten-free and grain-free. Insane, I know.   Change Pasta Forever! Banza is the one with the mission to change pasta forever. Two brothers dared to take a garbanzo bean and make it a noodle. Penne, rotini, shells, and elbows are all the different shapes this chickpea noodle takes and these have twice as much protein, almost half the net carbs, and...
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Jun 22, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Swerve Sweetener Sugar-free can be easy and tasty with Swerve! Swerve is an erythritol sugar substitute that measures cup-for-cup like sugar and even can brown and caramelize. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that “is made  by fermenting glucose with Moniliella pollinis (a natural microorganism found in honeycomb) which breaks down the glucose and yields erythritol.” It is naturally occurring in many fruits, veggies and fermented foods, and is unique in that it does not cause the gastric...
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Jun 15, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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As someone who has experimented with egg-free baking for 10 years, I am so excited about the Neat Egg! Neat was one of my top picks of last year’s Expo West with their meat substitutes made with real ingredients like pecans and garbanzo beans.  These mixes come in Original, Italian, Mexican, and Breakfast for a huge array of applications from burgers and chili to tacos sausages. Get away from textured vegetable protein with Neat!   Neat now tackles vegan baking and really takes it to a new...
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Jun 1, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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ENLIGHTENED: The Good-For-You Ice Cream Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream. Sounds like something that could be daily dessert? How about a high-fiber, high-protein, low-fat, low-sugar dessert? With ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream, you bet! If you’re not a HUGE salted caramel fan like I am, you can still enjoy ENLIGHTENED with flavors like peanut butter, coffee or mint fudge swirl. And enjoy you will because these ice cream bars have a smooth, creamy rich texture that is very satisfying. When I met the creator...
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May 8, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Our #5 top pick is from a brand that I’m already a big fan of: SweetLeaf! I already wrote about my love for SweetLeaf and their Stevia Drops but wait there’s more! Their newest product that they debuted at Expo West is Water Drops™ Water Enhancers that come in four delicious flavors: *  Lemon Lime * Raspberry Lemonade * Peach Mango * Strawberry Kiwi SweetLeaf has won 14 international awards for taste and innovation and those are well deserved. If you’ve tried their stevia, whether in...
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Apr 24, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Our #6 Top Pick is Fire Cider! A natural remedy to boost your immune system, fight inflammation and support circulation and digestion. A real winner!   Fire Cider Fire Cider is a traditional natural remedy and tonic that can be taken daily to boost the immune system and fight off seasonal colds and flus. The basic recipe is a mixture of herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables steeped in apple cider vinegar for 4-8 weeks before being strained and mixed with honey. All the ingredients have a...
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Apr 14, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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***Note: Giveaway has ended and winner has been notified*** Coconut Oil! Now you may think coconut oil is coconut oil is coconut oil. But it isn’t. At Expo West, I saw several jars of coconut oil open, delabeled and sitting next to each other for inspection. One had no scent at all, another had a very “interesting” (not in a good way) texture, but one jar stood out as exceptional. This is our #7 Top Pick! Kelapo Kelapo is special. Hailing from Sri Lanka, this oil is cold-pressed,...
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Apr 9, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Our next top pick from Expo West meets a universal need…stinky armpits! (And don’t tell me yours aren’t stinky) Natural Deodorant that Works! I have been searching for months for a natural deodorant that doesn’t me smell like a stinky tropical breeze or that just dissipates after a couple hours. I need a deodorant WITHOUT aluminum that can last through my CrossFit workouts and the yearlong California heat. I’ve been fooled by that Crystal deodorant that actually does contain aluminum...
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Apr 2, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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We’re back with more top picks from Expo West! Onto #9 #9 Top Pick Expo West 2015 For those who need or want to be gluten-free, you’ve probably suffered through some mouthfuls of bad, albeit free from gluten, breads, pastries, and pancakes. Dense with a very unique (aka strange) texture and taste, they not only lack flavor but also nutrition with a lot of nutrient-poor flours such as cornstarch, potato flour, sweet rice flour and tapioca flour. Zero yum factor and zero fiber make for a...
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Mar 24, 2015 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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#10 Top Pick Expo West 2015 Expo West has come and gone and I’m back with another Top 10! This year I found so many amazing products that it was really challenging to narrow down my top picks to just 10. To highlight each of my 10 winners I am going to let each have their own few minutes of fame in exclusive short videos to show you why they outshone the rest. In no particular order, #10 is Brad’s Raw Broccoli Poppers!   Brad’s Raw Broccoli Poppers If you are sick of kale everything,...
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Dec 17, 2014 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Think all there is to probiotics is popping a little pill? Think again! I delve into the dirt on bacteria, biofilm, and our microbiome with Heather Holmes and talk about why probiotics aren’t just for digestion anymore!     Heather Holmes is the President and CEO of P2 Probiotic Power. She passionately embraces the full product line in her daily life and demands the highest quality products for her customers that assure protection of surfaces, barriers to harmful bacteria and healthier...
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Sep 16, 2014 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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What if everything you thought you knew about weight loss was wrong? If you’ve been on enough diets, you have probably realized that it’s not as simple as Calories In=Calories Out. So if you know the myth about Calories, how about the truth? Listen in as Jonathan Bailor talks everything Calories and how we can eat more, exercise less, and still lose weight. Jonathan Bailor is a New York Times bestselling author, the founder of SANESolution.com, a nutrition and exercise expert, and a former...
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Aug 27, 2014 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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August is Kids Eat Right Month and I don’t know anyone who knows better about raising happy, healthy, eager eaters than Karen Le Billon. Karen is a parenting and food expert who has taken the “French Food Rules” to heart and shown how they can change mealtime from a battleground to a fun and yummy food experience. Karen Le Billon is the author of French Kids Eat Everything and Getting to Yum. Le Billon is a professor at the University of British Columbia and was named one of Canada’s...
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Aug 12, 2014 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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In our society, fat is considered bad. It’s bad to be fat because fat means lazy, ugly and unhealthy. In other words, fat is a problem. Or is it? Abigail Saguy challenges our demonization of fat, the “obesity epidemic”, and the American obsession with weight. Further, she exposes the serious consequences of seeing fat as a problem: not limited to bullying, weight-based discrimination, and medical misdiagnoses. This controversial book will challenge the long-held, presupposed and...
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Jul 8, 2014 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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If you went to Paris, who would you want to meet? Clotilde Dusoulier! Clotilde is an incredibly skilled Paris-based food writer where she shows how to balance health and taste through her approachable and surprisingly simple recipes. Take a peek into a “day in the life” of Clotilde, get a heads up about her new book, and relish in the shared love of food (especially French food) with us on this episode! Clotilde Dusoulier is the 30-something Parisienne behind the award-winning food blog...
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Jun 10, 2014 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Kale. An esteemed superfood. The base for a massaged salad on most menus. Imposter chips. Taken for granted. Kristen leads The Kale Project to bring this green vegetable to France. Can she do it?   Kristen Beddard founded The Kale Project as a movement to re-introduce the leafy-green to France. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Kristen has been eating kale her entire life. After her husband’s job moved them to Paris in 2011, Kristen realized that kale was really difficult to find and not...
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May 13, 2014 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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You don’t have to be French to appreciate good French eats. Laura knows. She tells her story that led her to Paris and to sharing her love of food with us through her cooking shows and books. What a treat! Be French (or at least cook like one).  Laura’s brand-spankin-new cookbook should be in your Amazon shopping cart. Just saying.   Laura Calder is the author of French Food at Home, French Taste: Elegant Everyday Eating and Dinner Chez Moi: The Fine Art of Feeding Friends. She wrote...
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Apr 8, 2014 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Failed another diet (or did another diet fail you)? Think all you need is more willpower and determination or maybe another set of rules? Maybe what you actually need is self-compassion! Both experience and studies show that compassion not only can make you feel better, but can actually help you lose weight too. Listen in to learn how to cultivate loving kindness in your life and take one more step towards being diet-free! Start or continue your compassion journey with The Self-Compassion...
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Mar 18, 2014 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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This year’s Expo West was exhilarating! I tried hundreds of new products–food, supplements, skin care, you name it. Here are my Top 10 picks in no particular order from what I sampled and learned about this year (there were at least a hundred booths I didn’t get to, so tell me if I missed something awesome!): [divider]   Carrington Farms Coconut Cooking Oil www.carringtonfarms.com This non-GMO coconut oil is always liquid, making it super easy to cook with. It has 5 times more MCTs than...
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Jan 15, 2014 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight or exercise more? If so, this episode is for you! I interview Dr. Ellen Glovsky, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach about Health At Every Size and how we can be healthy at any and every weight. Curious? Have your doubts? Listen in!   Learn more about Wellness, Not Weight and purchase your own copy here.     Ellen Glovsky, Ph.D, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and a member of the teaching faculty of Northeastern University in...
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Nov 13, 2013 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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We all want to eat foods that will keep us healthy, fight inflammation, and prevent disease–In other words: Super Foods. Usually we think of superfoods as exotic, expensive berries like acai and goji, or ingredients like maca, lucuma, and savi seeds. I am bringing attention to the super foods that we can all find and afford, and that hopefully will make it on our plate not just every day but every meal!     I would love to hear your comments or questions–you can go to my...
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Oct 23, 2013 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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In my first improv episode, I discuss: * Love Your Body Day: October 16, 2013 * What is Healthy? * Fall Feelings and Flavors * Self-Care     I would love to hear your comments or questions–you can go to my website wholify.com and click on podcast to comment on this episode or listen to previous episodes. I would also really appreciate it if you would review my podcast on iTunes. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.
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Sep 18, 2013 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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My friend Delyn Chow, owner of the Daw Yee Myanmar Café in Monterey Park California, showed me how to make his soy-free tofu. You will absolutely love this tofu made from chickpeas. It’s quick, easy, and tasty! What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, did I mention it’s soy-free? [divider]   Enjoy the recipe courtesy of Delyn! Soy-Free Besan Tofu Tools 2 large bowls Sieve Large pot Wooden Spoon Glass or metal storage container   Ingredients 2 cups Besan Flour (also called Gram or Chickpea...
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Aug 7, 2013 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Don’t let disordered eating steal your joy! If you or a loved one struggle with body image, exercise, restricting, binging, purging or have an eating disorder diagnosis, Dr. Jennifer Thomas and Jenni Schaefer have a message for you: You are worthy of a joy-filled life and recovery is possible. Together they bring you their new book Almost Anorexic to help make recovery a reality.   Watch the trailer for Almost Anorexic, read a sample chapter, and check out exercises from the book here.  ...
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Jul 10, 2013 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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For my first ever interview with a fellow dietitian on Nutritionally Speaking, I bring you Maya Nahra, The Behavioral Nutrition Expert and creator of Hello Beautiful Magazine. Maya will share her story to how she got out of the yo-yo dieting rut and how you too can just say no to diets. After you listen, head over to Maya’s website to learn more about Maya, her work, and her magazine.   *** We would love to hear your comments or questions–you can go to my website wholify.com and click...
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Jun 5, 2013 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Calling food addicts of all shapes and sizes! If you need convincing, Dr. Pamela Peeke will give you all the evidence of how food can hijack your brain and lead to a full blown food addiction. Yes, food addiction is real and Dr. Peeke is here with her book The Hunger Fix to provide the solution. Take this short quiz to determine whether you are addicted to food or take the full length version of the Yale Food Addiction Scale provided at the end of The Hunger Fix. Dr. Peeke is known as the...
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May 1, 2013 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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I am very excited to bring you my interview with Barb Stuckey, a food industry professional with 20 years experience, currently the Executive Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Mattson, and the author of fascinating book Taste What You’re Missing: The Passionate Eater’s Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good. You can learn more about Barb on her website where you can also take a Taste Quiz, check out Sensory Snacks & Exercises that we mentioned during our chat, and buy her book.
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Apr 3, 2013 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Exercise is a toughie. It’s most often associated with pain (or at best discomfort), sweat, and frustration. In this episode, I’ll talk about what to do with this beast–how to approach it and become its friend. [divider] Transcript for What To Do With Exercise Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking. I’m your host Michaela Ballmann.   Exercise Defined Exercise can be an issue–a problem on bad days, tolerable on good days. I want to talk more about exercise today and how we can...
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Feb 20, 2013 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Do Intuitive and Wholesome Eating contradict each other or go hand in hand? Are you afraid of giving Intuitive Eating a chance because you think you’ll eat everything in sight (or at least everything salty, sweet, creamy, and forbidden)? Fear not! [divider] Transcript for Reconciling Intuitive and Healthy Eating Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking. I’m your host Michaela Ballmann.     Intuitive Eating and Food Choices Today, I want to respond to a common question, and that is: Is...
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Jan 23, 2013 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Dr. Haub (of the famous “Twinkie Diet”) and I wrap up our discussion about the difference between health and wellbeing, talking about a balanced view of exercise, the problem with universal diet guidelines, how to combat weight bias, and more. Dr. Mark Haub received his bachelors degree in psychology from Fort Hays State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in exercise science from the University of Kansas.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric nutrition in the...
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Dec 19, 2012 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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What are Twinkies and weight loss doing in the same sentence? Well, a diet consisting largely of convenience snack cakes (such as the beloved Twinkie) helped my friend and professor of nutrition Dr. Mark Haub lose weight and improve his health. In this episode, Dr. Haub shares his experience on his “Twinkie Diet” and delves into difficult questions about weight, health, exercise, and how we can experience wellbeing. Dr. Mark Haub received his bachelors degree in psychology from Fort Hays...
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Nov 14, 2012 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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I’m excited to bring you the conclusion of my interview with Dinneen Diette, the founder of Eat Without Guilt. We delved into the topics of mindful vs. mindless eating, the stress around health and nutrition in this country, and how we all can have a more loving relationship with food and our bodies. I encourage you to check out Dinneen’s website and all the wonderful ways that she has helped people to ditch diets and guilt.     For more information on French parenting and the French...
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Oct 17, 2012 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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On today’s episode, we are talking with Dinneen Diette.  Dinneen is the founder of Eat Without Guilt. She and I met on Twitter and have a very similar approach to nutrition. We are all about making peace with food, weight, exercise, and your body.  I hope that you find our talk helpful on your journey of mindful, intuitive eating. I encourage you to check out Dinneen’s website and all the wonderful ways that she has helped people to ditch diets and guilt.     During the episode, I also...
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Sep 4, 2012 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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It sure can seem like we have a food addiction. Intense cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods abound. Sales of fast food, chips, cookies, and soda outweigh fruits and veggies by far. Do we have an actual addiction or is something else going on here? [divider] Transcript for Are You Addicted To Food? Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking.  I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann. Today I’m going to be looking at whether you could be addicted to food.  As a disclaimer, note that I am not a...
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Jun 28, 2012 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Enough with the overload of information about “unhealthy” foods and habits!  I want you to know that even supposedly “healthy” eating can be hazardous to your health. [divider] Transcript for Healthy Eating Could Kill You Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking.  I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann. I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard of “death by vegetables” or been told to be careful about eating too healthfully.  It may seem absurd to think that good food can kill us or...
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May 19, 2012 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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As we see rates of obesity and chronic diseases continue to grow, we also see more proposals for legislation over food.  The recent menu labeling laws are based on the assumption that “unhealthy” food choices stem from a lack of knowledge.  For the most part, we in the U.S. have information coming out of our ears.  So, will putting nutrition data on the menu result in healthier ordering on the part of the consumer?  Has it changed your meal choices? [divider] Transcript for Is Menu...
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Mar 15, 2012 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Many of us are all-too familiar with emotional eating, but what about emotional exercising?  Do you depend on exercise to deal with difficult emotions and the stressors of life?  Exercise can be part of a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes we take it too far. [divider] Emotional Exercising the Transcript Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking.  I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann. We’ve all heard of the term “Emotional Eating” and maybe we’re more familiar with it than we’d like to...
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Mar 1, 2012 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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If someone asked you if you want to get fit, you might answer, “Sure, is there a pill for that?”  Exercise is sometimes a dreaded foe rather than a friend accompanying you on your path to wellness.  In this episode you will hear from fitness guru and “Get-Fit Guy“, Ben Greenfield, as he talks with me about not only physical fitness but also about nutrition and his new book that will help you get fit. [divider]
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Jan 19, 2012 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Let me guess.  You started off the year brimming with hope that this time would be different.  This would be the year that you would meet your weight loss goal and discover that you actually really love to run…but it’s not going as planned.  I have some ideas on why your resolutions are harder to stick to than you thought they’d be. [divider] Transcript for Why You’re Not Losing Weight Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking! I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann.   New Year...
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Dec 15, 2011 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Here’s a follow-up to my recent blog radio interview on one of my new hobbies–Foraging!  Interested in gathering some wild edibles?  Listen in for a taste of what you could be eating straight from nature! [divider] Transcript for Foraging: Fresh Food at Your Fingertips Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking.  I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann.  Today I’m going to do a follow-up to my recent radio interview with Rebecca Subbiah, one of my good friends on Twitter.  If you don’t...
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Nov 16, 2011 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Have you been wanting to bake your own homemade bread but too intimidated by the amount of time and effort? Don’t be! Watch as I show you how to make my favorite whole wheat bread. It’s easy, tasty, and healthy–what more could you want? [divider] Homemade Bread Recipe Apart from using a bread machine, this recipe has to be one of the simplest, so you’ll have very little reason NOT to try it.  My friend learned it from her mother and passed it on to me, so I’m calling it: “Ely’s...
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Oct 31, 2011 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Do you feel trapped in your genes and destined to be fat?  Does putting on your jeans in the morning exacerbate your worries and preoccupation with your weight?  Don’t let your genes (or your jeans) dictate your weight or your happiness! [divider] Transcript of Are Our Genes (or Our Jeans) Making Us Fat? Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking! I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann.  Today I want to look at your genes/jeans and the effect they might have on your weight. There are lots of...
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Oct 1, 2011 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Are we addicted to dieting? The history of fad diets goes back hundreds of years and is full of crazy methods to lose weight quickly (though not healthfully).  I am going to expose fad diets for what they really are, and empower you to jump off the diet bandwagon for good! [divider] Podcast Transcript – Fad Diets Debunked?   Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking! I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann. Today I’m going to tackle the huge list of fad diets out there without having to go...
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Sep 23, 2011 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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I’m sure you have heard of the Gluten-Free Diet or maybe you’ve considered trying it (or maybe you’re on it as we speak). It has become all the rage, with gluten-free products popping up in mainstream grocery stores, even Target! Restaurants are making sure to add gluten-free choices to their menus too. Listen in to learn more about this diet and decide if it’s for you! [divider] Podcast Transcript – Is Gluten-Free For You? Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking! I’m your host,...
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Aug 25, 2011 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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The Food Pyramid has an interesting history, with its roots going back to 1917 with the first USDA food guide. [divider] “How to Select Foods” was written by a nutritionist and was based on 5 groups: * milk and meat * cereals * vegetables and fruit * fats and fatty foods * sugars and sugary foods. Crazy, huh?   As we learned more about nutrition, the pyramid developed into what people are most familiar with–the 1992 USDA Food Pyramid. This was updated in 2005 and renamed MyPyramid. But...
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Mar 24, 2011 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Since 1980, National Nutrition Month has been an important time of the year to promote nutrition education and healthy eating habits.  This year’s theme is “Eat Right with Color” and this episode will delve into the benefits of each of the colors of the rainbow.  After listening, you just might want to raid the produce section of your grocery store! [divider] Eat Right with Color – Podcast Transcript Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking.  I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann....
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Mar 1, 2011 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Have you read the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010? If not, that’s why I’m here! These are very important goals and recommendations for the way we eat, but the practical application is not always clear. Once again, I’m here for you! [divider] The Dietary Guidelines and You – Podcast Transcript Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking! I’m your host Michaela Ballmann.  To kick off National Nutrition Month I am going to be talking about the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans...
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Feb 1, 2011 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Forget the fad diets and restrictive weight loss regimens!  This year, approach your health in a new, better way–mindfully.  Mindful eating will help you to savor your food and enjoy it more so you will eat what and how much your body needs.  Listen as we cover some useful mindfulness practices that you can do at home from the book “Eating the Moment”. [divider] Mindful Eating for the New Year – Podcast Transcript Hi and welcome to nutritionally speaking.  I’m your host, Michaela...
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Jan 6, 2011 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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To start off the new year on the right foot and get a head start on your goals for better health and wellbeing, listen to this episode! We’ll be discussing the second half of the NEWSTART principles: Temperance, Air, Rest, and Trust in Divine Power. [divider] NEWSTART PART 2: Temperance, Air, Rest, Trust in Divine Power – Podcast Transcript Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking.  I’m your host Michaela Ballmann.  I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and that you enjoyed good...
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Oct 29, 2010 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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NEWSTART is a fabulous program that works to reverse chronic diseases, but it is also a great guide to healthy living for everyone.  This episode will cover the first 4 principles: Nutrition, Exercise, Water, and Sunlight.  Interested in better overall health? Listen in! [divider] Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking.  I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann.  On today’s episode, I am going to talk about a program called NEWSTART.  This program has worked to reverse many chronic diseases...
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Sep 9, 2010 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Are you tired of trying diet after diet with no lasting success? Do you dislike or even hate your body?  Would you like a healthy way of relating to food and eating?  Then, you won’t want to miss this episode! [divider] Intuitive Eating – Podcast Transcript Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking.  I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann. On today’s episode, I am going to be talking to you about one of my favorite books in the whole world, “Intuitive Eating” by dietitians Evelyn...
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Aug 5, 2010 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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With more research being published on the health benefits of coffee, many believe that their addiction is justified.  After all, with each sip their risk of disease fades away, right?  Let’s look at the benefits (and risks) of coffee and caffeine. [divider] Coffee: A Healthy Addiction? – Podcast Transcript Hi and welcome to Nutritionally Speaking.  I’m your host Michaela Ballmann.  On today’s episode, we’re going to be discussing the ever-popular coffee and its possible health...
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Jul 16, 2010 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Omega 3 Fatty Acids have been in the limelight for some time now due to their heart-healthy benefits.  Many have decided to eat more fish or take fish oil pills.  Others see the value in eating walnuts and flaxseed.  Isn’t there a difference between these sources?  Doesn’t the mercury in fish cancel out its benefits? What is the best way to get this healthy fat? [divider] Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Podcast Transcript Hi and welcome to nutritionally speaking.  I’m your host Michaela...
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May 25, 2010 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener whose use has become controversial due to the hypothesis that it may cause obesity.   For this reason, many are avoiding products sweetened with HFCS and are choosing sucrose- (table sugar) containing products instead.  What is the evidence to back this claim?  What does current science tell us?  Should we all join together in the ban against High Fructose Corn Syrup?  Let’s play the detective and see where the evidence leads us! [divider]...
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Apr 13, 2010 Michaela Ballmann, MS RD CLT
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Lately more and more people have been jumping on the vegetarian bandwagon and for good reason!  There are plenty of benefits to going veggie, but there are also some very common concerns.  We’ll explore the pros and cons of a vegetarian diet and provide some helpful tips for those who want to give it a try. [divider] Going Vegetarian – Podcast Transcript Hi and welcome to Nutritionally speaking. I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann There are many different diets that people follow, and when...